I love art! Art (all types) speaks to the soul in a way that nothing else can. It moves the heart to understanding of God that cannot be compared to a lecture or sermon. Because I believe this, I surround myself with works of art. So on this back wall I have some great works I’d like to share.
The first one is the Lion overlooking the world. I painted this a few years ago. My wife and I have a favorite book: Safely Home, by randy Alcorn. It is a fiction story about the last Christian martyr in China. In the midst of the book there is a description of a statue of a Lion with his paw on top of the globe. Alcorn describes the lion as tender yet fierce. The lion holds a balance of strength and meekness, between grace and near reckless ferocity, between fury and patience. Alcorn describes the lion as standing over the Earth with a look of power and justice. I tried to capture that in this lion. I keep it on the wall so that I can be reminded of Our Lord, the Lion of Judah. He is not tame!
Second, the picture of the waterfall (sorry for the reflection of my desk in the photo). I was given this picture by a former coworker from back when I worked retail. Written in the bottom right of the frame is “John 4:14.” In John 4:14 Jesus says, “…but whoever drinks of the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” This artwork is a black and white photo of a waterfall coming out of the rocks! Hopefully your picking up on the symbolism from the Old Testament. If you’re not, read Exodus 14 and following… that will get you started.
Third is a picture from Safely Home. In this picture Jesus clutches the last martyr to his chest. The martyr is holding some crowns in his right hand and is slumped over in the chest of Jesus as if to illustrate complete and total comfort from the exhausting work on his heart. An angel stands in the back with the martyr’s white robe held out as if presenting it. I love this picture because Jesus is not sitting on the thrown. He has leapt off the throne and grabbed the martyr, clutching him close, obviously before the martyr could even complete his bow. To the right on the floor lay the chains that once bound the martyr on earth. They are cast off to the side. This is the image of Jesus meeting his children in heaven! He does not remain on the throne, He is so excited to see His brother, He runs to hold the servant close. This is a picture drawn from the character of God found in the Gospel Parables. It is beautiful and I am excited to see my King in person one day. “At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, in Heaven and on Earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father!” –Philippians 2:10-11
Finally, one of my favorite stories is pictured below on the shelf. “The Power of One!” In this world of racial discrimination and humanity wickedly oppressing other members of humanity, there are few stories as powerful and horrifying as the oppression of the Zulu people in South Africa. Apartheid is one of the greatest blights on human history. In The Power of One, a young white man grows up to teach reading and writing to the Zulu people who are socially, economically, and physically oppressed. The Zulu people were not able to receive education and therefore were enslaved to a system the relegated them to poverty and death. The young man works hard to liberate a people who are oppressed and this is that story. This book inspires me to work hard for justice! We are to be agents of righteousness in this world. And, where there is injustice, we must work hard to be the justice and fight for justice for the sake of the Gospel. If you don’t like to read, there is a fantastic movie version with Morgan Freeman! Warning, it is graphic, rated R, and has violence and language in it.
Don’t worry, this is the last post of “stuff on my walls.” We’ll get back to more serious things soon. What do you have on your walls and why?